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Immunodeficiency and other diseases

Many retroviruses infect blood cells, including cells of the immune system. For this reason, many of them induce immunodeficiency.

Retroviruses infect vertebrates, from fish to mammals.

Many of the diseases may go unnoticed because they develop slowly. Some others may be fulminant and lead to death in a few weeks. The latter are mostly produced by oncogenic retroviruses. Of all these, we have chosen feline leukaemia and feline immunodeficiency.

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Animal Viruses: Their Transmission and the Diseases They Produce

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